"What is Literature?": A Literary Guide for English Students and Teachers

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What is literature? How does it differ from other forms of writing? What makes a literary text canonical? MFA student Paige Thomas answers these questions using the work of literary critics such as Derek Attridge and Roland Barthes and a few common literary texts.

The short video is designed to help high school and college English students to not only identify what makes literature canonical but also to analyze its general characteristics. A collaborative partnership between Paige Thomas and OSU Professor Evan Gottlieb, the video is sponsored by the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University. For more discussions of literary topics and essay writing tips, please subscribe to the free SWLF YouTube Channel or visit https://liberalarts.oregonstat....e.edu/wlf/oregon-sta

Spanish subtitles are now available for this video. To access these subtitles, click on the settings icon in the video.

0:00 Literature Basic Definition
1:18 Literature and the Canon
2:48 Alternative Literature Definitions
6:46 Final Literature Definition

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